For generations arthritis has been considered an inevitable part of aging. This painful condition causes stiffness and swelling of the joints, often a sensation of heat at the affected parts, and in some cases crippling deformity. Less known are other symptoms including fatigue, fever, skin rash, and heart and liver disorders. Temporary pain relief was thought to be the best one could hope for. Not so any longer. Promising research offers new therapies and remedies, which can control most symptoms, and the future hope of a complete cure.
The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which causes
the cartilage in the joints to degenerate; rheumatoid arthritis, also
known as inflammatory arthritis because it is associated with severe
swelling of joints and other tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most
severe form, as it is an autoimmune disease: It causes the body’s own
immune system to attack the tissues of the joints. More.
Osteoarthritis, the most common form, usually afflicts the weight bearing
joints. A joint injured through excessive wear and tear (and more common
in overweight people) often develops osteoarthritis. More.
If you have been diagnosed with either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis there are options to modify your condition. Improving your diet and exercising regularly contribute to overall good health and benefit arthritic disease in great measure. As always, check with your doctor when beginning any treatment.